Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Barbados instead of Bolivia, you would:


live 6.0 years longer

In Bolivia, the average life expectancy is 70 years (67 years for men, 72 years for women). In Barbados, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 5.3 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Bolivia, 0.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Barbados, that number is 1.6% of people.

be 14.4% more likely to be obese

In Bolivia, 20.2% of adults are obese. In Barbados, that number is 23.1% of people.


make 2.5 times more money

Bolivia has a GDP per capita of $7,500, while in Barbados, the GDP per capita is $18,700.

be 2.6 times more likely to be unemployed

In Bolivia, 4.0% of adults are unemployed. In Barbados, that number is 10.5%.

spend 2.6 times more on taxes

Bolivia has a top tax rate of 13.0%. In Barbados, the top tax rate is 33.5%.


be 86.9% less likely to die during childbirth

In Bolivia, approximately 206.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Barbados, 27.0 women do.

be 71.1% less likely to die during infancy

In Bolivia, approximately 35.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Barbados, on the other hand, 10.2 children do.

have 46.8% fewer children

In Bolivia, there are approximately 22.0 babies per 1,000 people. In Barbados, there are 11.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.0 times more likely to have internet access

In Bolivia, approximately 39.7% of the population has internet access. In Barbados, about 79.5% do.

be 10.8% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Bolivia, approximately 90% of people have improved drinking water access (97% in urban areas, and 76% in rural areas). In Barbados, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).


spend 30.1% less on education

Bolivia spends 7.3% of its total GDP on education. Barbados spends 5.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 19.0% more on healthcare

Bolivia spends 6.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Barbados, that number is 7.5% of GDP.

Barbados: At a glance

Barbados is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 430 sq km. The island was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627. African slaves worked the sugar plantations established on the island until 1834 when slavery was abolished. The economy remained heavily dependent on sugar, rum, and molasses production through most of the 20th century. The gradual introduction of social and political reforms in the 1940s and 1950s led to complete independence from the UK in 1966. In the 1990s, tourism and manufacturing surpassed the sugar industry in economic importance.

How big is Barbados compared to Bolivia? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Autoridad de Impugnación Tributaria (AIT), Bolivia, Ministry of Finance, Barbados.


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